Long-Time Member Profile -- Brian Striman -- AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS)

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TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Brian Striman

Place And Date Of Birth

Born 1952, Columbus Ohio.

Educational Background

  • BA University of Nebraska 1974
  • MLS University of Missouri-Columbia


Ancient Orthodox Christianity, bicycling, enjoy playing acoustic guitar, cittern, balalaika, and drums, gardening, and is webmaster for church and a few other organizations.

Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian

To land a job somewhere near eastern Nebraska or western Iowa. At the time I would’ve accepted any library or library-related position that was available.

All my colleagues—seriously, from my old buds, to watching and talking with new law librarians. My earliest mentor was Rene Chapman I suppose.

Current Position Challenges

Keeping up with all the changes in technology. Right now that means trying to get the electronic resources and easy access “dragon” to stop blowing flames of anarchy in our OPAC. How do you slay this beast? Our catalogs are a mess.

Prior Positions/Employment

  • 1974-1978 Catalog Librarian Creighton University Law Library
  • 1978-present Head of Technical Services University of Nebraska-Lincoln Schmid Law Library

'Crazy' Non-Professional Activity

Being crazy inside my professional circle.

Life's Passion


Earliest Childhood Memory

Shaking the sides of my crib, hollering “I got to make a wet.”

Where In Five Years?

Most likely in the bathroom mirror.


  • Member AALL 1986-present
  • Member MAALL 1989-present